Melbourne lockdown got you down? We totally get it. After months of this, it feels like there’s nothing to do but knock around the house, learn to bake sourdough bread and binge-watch whatever’s trending on Netflix.
But why not put the time to some good use? Chances are you have plenty of jobs on the old to-do list that you’ve been putting off for ages. Use your time stuck at home to knock off a few jobs (and feel good about getting something constructive done).
Not sure where to start? We have a few suggestions for some great lockdown home cleaning and maintenance.
Roof and Gutter Cleaning
Roof and gutter cleaning is one of those jobs around the house that seems to be perpetually put off. But while you have the time at home, why not get it done? You can make short work of roof cleaning by hiring a pressure washer. Pressure cleaning your roof is quick and easy. Just make sure you keep the washer on a low pressure setting to avoid damaging your roof.
Gutter cleaning is important to ensure proper drainage around the home and to prevent damage to your guttering. To clean your gutters all you need is a pair of gloves and a ladder. However, working from heights can be dangerous, especially if you have a multi-storey house. Do a bit of reading up on the best ways to clean your gutters, and don’t forget the safety gear!
Clean out the Fridge and Pantry Cleaning
Out of sight, out of mind. That’s a lot of people’s mentality when it comes to their pantry. Once a jar has been pushed to the back of the pantry, it enters a twilight zone of forgotten condiments. Eventually, your storage space will start to suffer as space is gradually taken over by out of date jars and those weird random ingredients that seem to mysteriously appear in the pantry.
Spend a little time giving your pantry a good spring clean. Empty out the entire pantry and give the shelves a thorough wipe down with disinfectant. While the contents of the pantry are out, it’s time to sort through everything. Throw out anything past its use by date. It’s also a good opportunity to get everything organised and properly stored. Move anything in unsealed bags to sealed and labeled containers. Check through your dry produce, like cereals, rice and grains, for weevils and other insects and throw away anything that looks a little suspect.
When it comes to your fridge and freezer, you can pretty much follow the same process. Remove everything from the fridge and freezer and give all the shelves and drawers a thorough wipe down. Throw away anything past its prime or anything that looks suspicious. And be realistic. If you don’t remember getting it or you don’t know what it is, you’re probably not going to use it.
If you really want to get serious, pull the fridge out from its alcove. Vacuum and mop the floor under the fridge, wipe down the walls in the alcove and wipe down the refrigeration coils on the back of the fridge (this will help with energy efficiency).
Clean the Barbecue
Unless you’re a serious bbq master, chances are the barbecue doesn’t often get a good clean. So why not take a moment to give the grill a good scrubbing and get it ready for that fine spring weather.
First, turn on the barbecue to heat up the grill plates and carbonise any debris. Once the grills and hot plates have cooled down, give them a good scrub with a metal brush to remove as much grease and solid debris as possible. Then deep clean the grill plates using hot soapy water.
It’s also worth cleaning the burners as these can become coated with grease and fats when cooking. Make sure the gas is turned off and remove the burners from the barbecue.Wipe all the burners down with hot soapy water.
The outside of a barbecue can get extremely greasy over time, so it’s also worth wiping down the exterior with hot soapy water.
Spring Clean the Garden
It’s coming into spring and because of lockdown, you can’t really go anywhere. So why not spend a little time giving the backyard a thorough spring clean? Not only will you get the garden looking great, but it will give you an opportunity to spend a little time outside.
Chances are there’s plenty you can do around the garden, including:
- Weeding and mulching garden beds
- Trimming hedges
- Pruning trees
- Mowing and seeding the lawn
If you’re looking for some good gardening ideas or inspiration, you can’t go wrong with Gardening Australia. Long live Costa!
If Melbourne’s lockdown has you stuck inside, make the most of the time and do a little serious home cleaning and decluttering. You’ll feel better about your surroundings and put your lockdown time to good use.